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post Jun 10 2017, 08:30 AM
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Has anyone ever experienced people that keep popping up out of nowhere, that you recognise from the past?

There's this one person my age, and I remember when I was a child he sat a few rows in front of me at a football match in Birmingham (for some obscure reason after that he stuck in my head), and I kept seeing him around in really obscure places. I was at a car festival about 30 miles away from my house a few years ago and GUESS who was sat next to me with their parents? Yeah, him.

He'd kind of slipped my mind for a while until last night I was in the cinema when... he turned up and sat next to me. He seems totally oblivious to this, and before you ask - yes it is the same person. His parents have always looked the same and he's kept similar facial features for years.

So am I going mental, or does this happen to you? I know it's one big coincidence but it's very strange when you think of it.
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post Jun 10 2017, 08:34 AM
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MDH THIS FEELS LIKE THE BEGINNING OF A ROM COM
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post Jun 10 2017, 08:56 AM
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I find coincidences seem to happen a lot to me, although your example less often laugh.gif I must get around to do some googling about the psychology of it all thinking.gif
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post Jun 10 2017, 09:02 AM
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What psychologists say is actually that if you see someone everywhere, or notice you see them a lot, it is due to a romantic desire for said person. Therefore, your brain takes note and forms a pattern out of it and notices the person more in crowds, etc, and has the person stay in your memory.

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post Jun 10 2017, 09:15 AM
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QUOTE(Willy @ Jun 10 2017, 10:02 AM) *
What psychologiats say is actually that if you see someone everywhere, or notice tou see them a lot, it is due to a romantic desire for said person. Therefore, tour brain takes note and forms a pattern out of it and notices the person more in crowds, etc, and has the person stay in our memory.

Expose him yahoo.gif
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post Jun 10 2017, 09:22 AM
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Nah he's got a massive forehead I'll pass
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post Jun 10 2017, 09:35 AM
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QUOTE(Willy @ Jun 10 2017, 10:02 AM) *
What psychologiats say is actually that if you see someone everywhere, or notice tou see them a lot, it is due to a romantic desire for said person. Therefore, tour brain takes note and forms a pattern out of it and notices the person more in crowds, etc, and has the person stay in our memory.
I must be pansexual then xo

But seriously, I see your logic, but I'd say it extends beyond just romantic desire. They could also be reminding you of other people, by their hair or facial features etc., or something else which your brain considers "important" to remember.
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post Jun 10 2017, 10:21 AM
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Your brain is excellent at seeking out patterns and your mind remembers and sees more than we're ever truly aware of so this is just one of those times where your conscious mind starts to realise that this pattern is familiar.

When I get the tram I get on and sometimes will see faces that I've seen before. I get a short line and commute so it's not really that insane. People who commute on the same trains daily recognise people off their train. It's just a cool memory trick!
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post Jun 10 2017, 10:26 AM
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QUOTE(mdh @ Jun 10 2017, 10:22 AM) *
Nah he's got a massive forehead I'll pass

Don't insult Anthony McPartlin like that
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post Jun 10 2017, 11:02 AM
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I ship mdnhillary and massive forehead tbh
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post Jun 10 2017, 11:07 AM
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husbqnd omg r u cheatin
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post Jun 10 2017, 11:29 AM
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QUOTE(cqmerqn @ Jun 10 2017, 12:07 PM) *
husbqnd omg r u cheatin

omq!11 (I'm not cheating, husband x)
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post Jun 10 2017, 08:37 PM
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Not really other than customers in my work. Sweetcorn Carol and Mrs Mini Fillets are two of the more prominent ones (my nicknames are great ik, I don't even know if sweetcorn Carol is actually called Carol tho) :/

I did have a weird experience where I got my first job in Perth in 2014 in Poundstretcher. It was quite a small store so other than me and the other new Christmas temp there was literally only about 5 or 6 other staff members, one of which happened to be a guy from my hometown but I didn't know him as we'd went to different schools. Perth is a small place with nothing in it, it's not really somewhere lots of people want to move to so it was weird meeting someone who pretty much did the exact same thing I did and ended up in the same job, it gets weirder though as when I was literally handing in my application for my current job, I bumped into him coming out of his interview so once again we ended up working in the same place by complete coincidence :')))
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post Jun 11 2017, 06:40 AM
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QUOTE(lotita @ Jun 10 2017, 11:34 AM) *
MDH THIS FEELS LIKE THE BEGINNING OF A ROM COM

A very trashy one on CBS with a sassy mother
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post Jun 11 2017, 09:26 AM
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QUOTE(mdh @ Jun 10 2017, 12:29 PM) *
omq!11 (I'm not cheating, husband x)

Hmm
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post Jun 11 2017, 09:52 PM
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QUOTE(cqmerqn @ Jun 11 2017, 10:26 AM) *
Hmm

Who am I supposedly "cheating with", then?
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post Jun 11 2017, 09:56 PM
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QUOTE(mdh @ Jun 11 2017, 10:52 PM) *
Who am I supposedly "cheating with", then?

The lad w the big forehead :cqmerqn-raging.gif:
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post Jun 11 2017, 10:09 PM
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QUOTE(cqmerqn @ Jun 11 2017, 10:56 PM) *
The lad w the big forehead :cqmerqn-raging.gif:
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